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Sunday, 22 April 2012


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President to address ACD Summit today

[October 09 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena is in Thailand making a three-day official visit and attending the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit. The Dialogue Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region takes place from October 8 -10 in Bangkok under the theme "One Asia, Diverse Strength".


Sri Lanka, Iran revive trade agreements

[October 09 2016]

Official level discussions have commenced between Sri Lanka and Iran on reviving trade agreements that were signed between the two countries and will be put into operation soon after ironing out technicalities, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen said.


SAARC summit put off

[October 02 2016]

Pakistan on Friday (September 30) officially postponed the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 9 and 10. A new set of dates for holding the Summit will be announced soon through the Chair of SAARC (Nepal), reports said.


Reservoir water levels drop, authorities warn of drastic measures

[October 02 2016]

Due to the prevailing drought, water levels of the main reservoirs have dropped to half its capacity, with authorities warning that drastic measures may need to be taken if water is to be continuously released from the reservoirs for power generation.


Dengue Prevention Week

[September 25 2016]

To avert a possible dengue outbreak in the next three months, when the number of mosquito breeding sites are likely to surge with the monsoon rains, the Dengue Control Unit of the Health Ministry will launch an island-wide Dengue Control Week starting on Tuesday, September 27 to Monday, October 3.


Sir Richard Jolly to visit Sri Lanka

[September 25 2016]

Sir Richard Jolly, former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and Special Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (1996 to 2000), and Principal Coordinator of the widely-acclaimed Human Development Report will deliver a lecture on, “Development: Can Sri Lanka be a model for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)?” on September 28 at 5 pm at the BMICH Committee Room D, on the invitation of the Gamani Corea Foundation.


Charith joins elite band

[September 25 2016]

Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82' ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84'(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95' ( Ananda) 'Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter's) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010'2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .


Mahela at Schoolboy Cricketer Awards

[September 18 2016]

Cricketing legend and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will grace the occasion at the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night scheduled to take place at the Galadari Hotel on September 20.


Errant sugar traders warned

[September 18 2016]

Stern action will be taken against traders who sell sugar above the controlled price of Rs. 95. Instructions have been given to the relevant authorities to launch island-wide search operations, a press communique from the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.


No immediate power cuts

[September 18 2016]

Refuting speculations, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, no decision has been taken to impose power cuts on account of the current dry spell in the country.



Three years ago, they were adversaries fighting each other to death in the Wanni jungles. This soldier and the rehabilitated LTTE cadre were last week engaged in a different fight – a friendly pillow fighting bout at an Avurudu festival held for rehabilitated LTTE cadres and their families at the Vavuniya UC Grounds. It was an emotional moment to witness the spirit of camaraderie among the Security Forces personnel, ex-LTTE cadres and their families in the backdrop of the Avurudu, a festival that symbolises the age-old relationship between the Sinhala and Tamil communities in the country.


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Solution to grievances of those in North and East assured:

TNA’s recalcitrance, a setback

President Mahinda Rajapaksa assured the multi-party Indian Parliamentary delegation at a meeting yesterday morning at Temple Trees that a solution to the grievances of people in the North and the East would certainly be offered. However, the TNA’s refusal to take part in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSA) talks was delaying the process, leader of the delegation and Indian Lok Sabha Opposition leader Shushma Swaraj told a media briefing in Colombo.

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UPFA May Day rally at Town Hall

The UPFA May Day rally will be held at the Colombo Town Hall under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena. He said that the May Day rally will begin at 11 am at Campbell Park, Borella.

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Indian delegation commends Govt’s rehabilitation program

Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Indian Parliamentary delegation which held discussions with him at the Parliamentary complex on Tuesday commended the rehabilitation and resettlement process carried out by the Government and also endorsed the economic empowerment and development going on apace in the North and the East.

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Sri Lanka’s UPR on November 1

Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) where the country will be given an unrestricted opportunity to explain the efforts taken to promote and protect human rights before members of the UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to be held on November 1. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s special envoy on Human Rights, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said Sri Lanka is among the first countries to begin the second UPR circle.

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Repairs to Lanka-Maldives cable link to begin Wednesday

Maldives Telecom giant Dhiraagu has revealed that the work to repair the damage to the submarine cable installed between Maldives and Sri Lanka would commence on Wednesday, Haveeru reported. Dhiraagu further said that the damage to the cable was inflicted by a vessel’s anchor 26km off Sri Lanka at a depth of 40 metres.

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